What is Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, focusing and specialising in the use of the legs. World-renowned as the greatest kicking martial art, is has a place from gymnastics halls, to MMA rings, to the Military of many countries.

It has 2 branches; International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) and the World Taekwondo Federation (WT). These 2 martial arts are almost entirely different, with different forms and different sparring regulations. At Ali’s Dojang, we practise the Olympic Style, the WT.

As an Olympic sport, WT Taekwondo must practise safe sparring, with the use of padded body armour, as it is a full contact sport.

However another side of Taekwondo is the forms, called Poomsae. There are 17 of these in WT Taekwondo, each of which are set movements in different directions, each with their own purpose and structure. A misconception is the Taekwondo doesn’t have much use for hands, where it reality we have more hand technique than foot techniques! Ancient Korean philosophy dictates that the legs are tools of war and physical prowess; used for fighting, running, jumping, hiking etc. The hands, however, are seen as tools of beauty, used for painting, sculpting, cooking, and creation. For this reason, even though Taekwondo has hundreds of hand techniques, each of which has a developed and deadly purpose and power, they are not used much in the competitive sports aspect. They are, however, used for Power breaking and self defence, to promote applicability.

World Taekwondo

The World Taekwondo Federation is the International Federation (IF) governing the sport of Taekwondo and is a member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF). The WT recognizes national Taekwondo governing bodies recognized by the NOCs in the pertinent country as its members.

Established: May 28, 1973

Kukkiwon as the World Taekwondo Headquarters has vitalized Taekwondo in the form of the leading martial art by globalizing it since its foundation 1972.

It laid the groundwork for Taekwondo’s globalization by holding the 1st World Taekwondo Championships and establishing the World Taekwondo Federation(WT) in 1973.

Hanmadang - Ali's Dojang


The world Taekwondo Hanmadang, which shows the essentials of the martial art such as breaking, self defense and poomsae, is a contest held every year by Kukkiwon.

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Ali's Dojang


Taekwondo Poomsae is the style of conduct which expresses directly of indirectly mental and physical refinements as well as the principles of offense and defense …..

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Ali's Dojang


Under World Taekwondo Federation and Olympic rules, sparring is a full-contact event and takes place between two competitors. A win can occur by points, or if one competitor is unable to continue (knockout)

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